Sun has announced the first members of its new Galaxy server family, which use Opteron processors from AMD instead of Sun’s own Sparc processors.
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The new x86-based entry-level servers are the dual processor Sun Fire X4100 and X4200 machines, and the single-processor X2100.
The move comes as Sun seeks to offer users more than its traditional offering of Solaris Unix combined with Sparc processors, in a bid to better serve users in the x86/Linux and Windows environments.
Sun is believed to be planning additional Galaxy models that go up to eight processors and beyond, but no roadmap for these solutions has so far been announced.